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Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

Futility Closet Greg Ross

    • History

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

    290-Voss' Last Stand

    290-Voss' Last Stand

    In a 1917 dogfight, German flying ace Werner Voss took on seven of the best pilots in the Royal Flying Corps.

    • 30 min
    289-The Johnstown Flood

    289-The Johnstown Flood

    In 1889, a dam failure sent a disastrous flood descending on Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

    • 32 min
    288-Death at the Lane Cove River

    288-Death at the Lane Cove River

    On New Year's Day 1963, two bodies were found inexplicably dead on a riverbank in Sydney.

    • 31 min
    287-The Public Universal Friend

    287-The Public Universal Friend

    A genderless evangelist rode through revolutionary America warning of the Apocalypse.

    • 29 min
    286-If Day

    286-If Day

    In 1942, Winnipeg staged a Nazi invasion to promote the sale of war bonds.

    • 33 min
    285-The Grasshopper Plagues

    285-The Grasshopper Plagues

    In the 1870s, enormous swarms of grasshoppers beset pioneers on the American plains.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

itsPeteski ,

Blind spot for the ills of slavery but...

still I go racing to the pod to shut it off when the shrill sharp saccharine tones of Sharon scream as if she’s a Kindergarten teacher on our class’s first field trip to The Historic Battle of Sharpsburg theme park.

You guys know that Blackbirding really just isn't "recruiting laborers", right?

amdlamdl ,

My favorite

I am an avid podcast listener and futility closet is my favorite. The topics are always unique and Greg knows how to tell a story so you never drift off or get bored. Love it!

wrarf ,

Delightful

The Futility Closet has quickly become my favorite podcast. These are clearly very smart and very kind people. They are incredibly gifted with research skills and have the finesse to discuss subjects ranging from light and silly stuff to pretty gruesome history in a respectful and not-too-horrifying way. I say “wow” out loud at least once an episode and am also impressed with the community that has sprung up around the podcast (and long running website).

Both excellent storytellers, I usually listen while running errands and I really can’t think of two people I’d rather go grocery shopping with ;)

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